What to do and see in Las Cruces, New Mexico: The Best Places and Tips

With the majestic Organ Mountains to the east and the mighty Rio Grande to the west, Las Cruces stands as an oasis at the junction of the I-10 and I-25. New Mexico State University makes its home here, among fine art galleries, informative museums, a lively theater scene and high desert terrain. The sun almost always seems to be shining in Las Cruces, which enjoys on average 350 days of clear blue skies per year, making it the perfect base to explore the breathtaking surrounding area.

1. Dripping Springs Natural Area

Dripping Springs Road, 15000 Dripping Springs Rd, Las Cruces, NM 88005-3370 Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 442 reviews

Dripping Springs Natural Area

Reviewed By jakester88 - Edina, MinnesotaEdina, Minnesota

Nice, Casual Hiking

A couple of nice hikes, but nothing terribly challenging. Be forewarned that the hike out to the dripping springs itself is not pet-friendly. However, dogs are permitted on the falls hike, and it's a lovely spot once you get there. Trails are reasonably w

2. Old Mesilla Village

2385 Calle de Guadalupe, Las Cruces, NM 88046 Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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4.5 based on 924 reviews

Old Mesilla Village

Reviewed By mwcw - new mexiconew mexico

Worth a short visit

My husband and I visited Old Mesilla around 9 years ago when we first moved to New Mexico and were charmed by it's overall historical feel. This time, it just felt different - more touristy I guess. Or, perhaps we've been spoiled by the many "old towns" e

3. Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture

I-10, Las Cruces, NM Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Recycled Roadrunner Sculpture

Reviewed By jakester88 - Edina, MinnesotaEdina, Minnesota

Fun Diversion

Hit the I-10 rest stop, spend a few minutes here, take some pictures, and have some fun with a truly unique piece of popular art. Not much more to it than that, but it's a fun break from the monotony of Interstate driving.

4. Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Las Cruces, NM 88005 Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Reviewed By Johnplatinum - Hickory, North CarolinaHickory, North Carolina

Very beautiful

We arrived at sunrise and wind was extremely strong and threatening clouds stayed on the other side of mountains the 2 hours we were there. The views were beyond description. Also the hike to Dripping Springs was not difficult at all. Gradual climb on a g

5. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

4100 Dripping Springs Rd, Las Cruces, NM 88011-5067 Museums, History Museums, Natural History Museums
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4.5 based on 366 reviews

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

For at least 4,000 years, people have been growing food in this region and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum tells this incredible story through interactive exhibits, demonstrations, oral histories, objects, and educational programs. In 2017-18, the Museum is celebrating 20 years of sharing this remarkable story of survival, ingenuity, and hope. It connects generations and weaves together people from various cultures that are uniquely New Mexico. Visitors from around the world have enjoyed the Museum, one of the region’s top attractions. The 47-acre campus in Las Cruces features several barns, animals, a greenhouse, play areas for children, an amphitheater, the Heritage Garden and much more. Permanent and changing exhibits, as well as a theater, library, gift shop, snack bar, and meeting rooms are located in the 100,000-square-feet, ranch-style main building, named after Bruce King, New Mexico’s only three-term governor and rancher.

Reviewed By Rob B - Las Cruces, New MexicoLas Cruces, New Mexico

Great place for small kids

My grandkids had so much fun and the cost was minimal. They were able to get up close to the horses, see the cow-milking demonstration, play on the outdoor play set and play with other children in the children's indoor play area. Quick snacks in the gift

6. Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces

125 N Main St, Las Cruces, NM 88001-1271 Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
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4.5 based on 302 reviews

Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces

We are a world-class Market in the heart of Main Street Downtown Las Cruces. We have over 300 members who are skilled artisans, farmers, bakers, food trucks and talented local musicians. All of the goods are handmade, right here in Dona Ana County and grown right here in New Mexico.

Reviewed By jakester88 - Edina, MinnesotaEdina, Minnesota

Terrific

The best outdoor markets, IMHO, offer more than local produce -- they provide a window into the community they serve. Las Cruces' Saturday market does that very well. True, there's not a lot of local produce in March. But lots and lots of local artisan wa

7. The Zuhl Museum

775 College Dr, Las Cruces, NM 88003-1204 Museums, Specialty Museums
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5 based on 84 reviews

The Zuhl Museum

The Zuhl Museum: Where Rocks Come Alive! Part art gallery, part natural history museum, the Zuhl collection at New Mexico State University showcases thousands of beautiful specimens of petrified wood, fossils and minerals. The Zuhl Collection contains petrified wood, fossils, rocks and minerals. The Zuhl Museum is easily accessible to local citizens, school groups and visitors to the university and southern New Mexico. New hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-4pm and Every Second Saturday of each month 12-4pm.

Reviewed By Judith F - Worthington, IndianaWorthington, Indiana

Don't miss this museum!

If you only have time for one "thing to do" in LC, go to the Zuhl. It's on the edge of the university campus. We were in LC for two months and finally got there during our last week. So, so glad we got there before we left town! This is a wonderful small

8. Museum of Nature & Science

411 N Main St, Mesilla Valley Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88001-1272 Museums, Natural History Museums, History Museums
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Museum of Nature & Science

Locally-funded museum with a focus on science and natural history.

Reviewed By ANNIE S - LAS CRUCESLAS CRUCES

Nice museum

This is a small, new downtown museum. Two special things: Copies of the dinosaur tracks found locally and an original "lawnmower" telescope of the discover of Pluto (Clyde Tombaugh, a native of Las Cruces).

9. New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 Sights & Landmarks, Educational sites
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

New Mexico State University

Reviewed By Bowmanator22 - Charlotte, North CarolinaCharlotte, North Carolina

Nice Campus

I spent some time riding around the campus at NMSU and was pleasantly surprised. I loved the look of the buildings, and like most university areas, there are many restaurants within walking distance. The student association building was really neat archit

10. Soledad Canyon Day Use Area

Soledad Canyon and Bar Canyon, Las Cruces, NM Nature & Parks, Canyons
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Soledad Canyon Day Use Area

Reviewed By 4givN - Peterborough, OntarioPeterborough, Ontario

Absolutely Gorgeous Views

We got here early in the morning to beat the crazy winds in the spring. We surprised a herd of 6 mule deer who clambered up the rocks and out of sight. We spotted several bird species as well.The views are absolutely gorgeous, and the higher you climb, th

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